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Daisha Smith, BCPL Marketing Assistant

The Baltimore County Public Library’s annual Summer Reading Club (SRC) for all ages, is a great initiative that offers students a chance to earn exciting prizes all while improving their reading skills. It is designed to prevent achievement loss and encourage early literacy.

Each year, more than 50,000 Baltimore County children participate. Studies show that kids who do not read over the summer fall behind in school. Studies also show that children who participate improve their reading skills by a third of a grade, show more of a desire for school and are empowered to face their challenges.

The Summer Reading Club offers individual activities set to match the needs for all ages. This year’s theme is Every Hero Has a Story! This theme motivates readers to be as confident as a superhero and take on everyday challenges.

SRC features the Read-to-Me Club, for newborns to 5-year-olds; the Elementary Reading Club for students in kindergarten through the Fifth Grade; Middle School Reading Club for students in the sixth grade through the eighth grade; and the High School and Adult Reading Club for high school students and up.

Registration is quick and simple. First, visit the SRC BCPL website (http://www.bcpl.info/summerreading) and select the “Sign Me Up Button.” Next, visit your respective branch to receive a game board to start reading.

Once you’ve registered, the Summer Reading Club asks students to read for one hour or read one book until they’ve reached four books or four hours of reading time. Once completed, visit your local branch for a sticker. Once you have read sixteen books or read for a grand total of sixteen hours, visit your branch to pick up your prize!

So what are you waiting for? Visit your local BCPL branch today and start reading!


photo of library patronsBy Josh McCready, Communications Assistant, BCPL

Personalized help is waiting for customers of the Baltimore County Public Library through the “My Librarian” program. This new program at BCPL allows people to schedule a free 60-minute appointment with a librarian.

Anyone can get help with downloading books, audiobooks and magazines to their mobile device; assistance with job searches, résumés and email setup. They can learn more about the library’s many databases; find out how to do genealogy research; get basic computer help including Microsoft Office; learn how to manage their BCPL account using the library’s mobile app and much more. In order to receive the best possible service, we recommend having a valid Baltimore County Public Library card.

Customers can request an appointment online at www.bcpl.info/mylibrarian  or in person at any of our 19 branches. Once a request has been completed, a librarian will contact the customer within three days to set up an appointment. They may be contacted by phone or email for more information prior to setting up an appointment and to determine whether an appointment is the best option. For quick email or phone questions, we are still encouraging customers to use our Ask a Librarian service (bcpl.libanswers.com).

For more information visit www.bcpl.info/mylibrarian.


photo of gift-wrapped bookLinda Frederick
Marketing & Development Manager
Baltimore County Public Library

The holiday season is fast approaching, and you're most likely in full swing with your holiday shopping. As you think about the perfect gift, a book often seems to be the best alternative, especially for those folks who already have it all. This year, the Baltimore County Public Library has created a list of favorites for everyone on your gift list.

Whether you need a book for a film buff, a romance lover or a teen reader, we have some great suggestions. Check out our hot titles gift guide on the BCPL website or watch our gift guide video featuring BCPL librarians on our YouTube channel. Both have some wonderful suggestions to make gift giving a cinch this holiday season, leaving you with more time for decking the halls and enjoying the merriment. Happy Holidays from your friends at the Baltimore County Public Library!


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